Your upcoming movie Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake
- in a few words, what's it going to be about?
Lake of Shadows will be a film based on an urban legend that will mix
subgenres, including found footage, documentary and traditional
As far as
I know, Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake is based on an
actual urban legend - care to elaborate? And other sources of inspiration
when writing Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake?
Yes, Lake of Shadows is definitely based on a real location with a death
well over 150. The minute the local public got word that we were making
a film about Avocado,
people came out of the woodwork to tell their real stories. So a
majority of my source material
comes from real accounts.
can you tell us about your co-writer and executive producer Tino Zamora,
and what's your collaboration like?
Tino is a great friend
and is the one that came up with the story. As a child he used to frequent
the lake and hear all sorts of tales, one in particular about a giant man
eating catfish that would take swimmers under. That's the story he needed
to tell and that's what we're doing.
A few words about
the film's intended look and feel?
I am definitely testing
the waters with my skills (pun intended) as I have never ventured into
found footage territory. However, I do plan to stick with a few tricks
that have worked for me in the past to retain the viewing audience's
attention. Stay tuned.
Do talk about your
key cast, and why exactly these people?
What can I say about the cast in this piece, wow! I am working with
actors that I've wanted to work with
and ones that I love to work with. I am very fortunate and they all fit
the bill for the characters I've developed.
With Lake of
Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake being a monster movie, you of
course also have to talk about your creature for a bit, and how will it be
Of course I am going all practical with the FX creature, gory, you name
it... I'm just not a CGI guy.
You are currently still running a fundraiser
for Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake - so do talk about
your campaign for a bit!
Yes, we have about a month left to raise the additional funds to complete principal as well as cover
costs for FX and other on set necessities.
Despite still raising funds,
you've already shot quite a few scenes of Lake of Shadows: The Legend
of Avocado Lake already - so what can you tell us about the shoot(s)
So far shooting has been wonderful. We shot a promo which will also be
used in the film and we just wrapped an intense scene with cult 80's
star Dawn Wildsmith [Dawn
Wildsmith interview - click here]. We will definitely continue shooting what we can
until the additional funds are in place.
The $64-question of course: When and where will Lake
of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake be released onto the
general public (however tentatively)?
That's up to my
executive producer Tino Zamora. He may seek distribution and/or put it out
on the festival circuit sometime in 2017... we'll see.
projects beyond Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Sure, a project called plenty of rest... Just kidding. Well, I plan to take a
year to develop a horror film with close friend and actor Robert Mukes
titled The Deadly Kind and from there who knows? Maybe some studio will
give this bum a job ;)
movie's website, Facebook, Kickstarter, whatever else?
for the interview!
Thanks for chatting with me Michael, it's always a pleasure!